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Telecommunication in Canada

The development of telecommunications in Canada is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +1, there were a total of 45.65 million connections in 2021. Among them were 32.72 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.86 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 8.74 million webhosts, Canada is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1.52 million of these, or about 17 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 144.50 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Canada ranks 15th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 34.33 Mbit/second was significantly lower (53rd place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Canada comes 14th with a download speed of 87.48 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 55th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Canada from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Canada 1998 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerCanada is doing very well in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 92 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 43 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

Distribution in 2021Canada
Broadband users16.45 m43.02 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines12.93 m33.80 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars32.72 m85.56 %361.62 m108.96 %

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